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Akibiyori (1960)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | November 1973 (USA)
A widow tries to marry off her daughter with the help of her late husband's three friends.

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Akiko Miwa
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Ayako Miwa
Mariko Okada ...
Yuriko Sasaki
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Shotaru Goto
Miyuki Kuwano ...
Michiko
Shin'ichirô Mikami ...
Koichi
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Soichi Mamiya
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Shukichi Miwa
Nobuo Nakamura ...
Shuzo Taguchi
Kuniko Miyake ...
Nobuko
Sadako Sawamura ...
Fumiko
Ryûji Kita ...
Seiichiro Hirayama
Fumio Watanabe ...
Tsuneo Sugiyama
Ayako Senno ...
Shigeko Takamatsu
Yuriko Tashiro ...
Yoko
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Family and friends of the late Shuzo Miwa have gathered for his annual memorial service, this one marking the seventh anniversary of his passing. Three of his long time friends - married Shuzo Taguchi, married Soichi Mamiya, and widowed Seiichiro Hirayama - have long known and admitted to each other that they have always been attracted to his widow, Akiko Miwa, who they believe has gotten even more beautiful as she has matured. The three friends take it upon themselves to find a husband for the Miwa's now twenty-four year old daughter, Ayako Miwa, who they believe as beautiful as her mother, and who, as a pure innocent, deserves a good husband. Their self-appointed task is despite them knowing that Ayako does not want them to do so. She doesn't want to get married, at least not yet, as she struggles with her traditional sensibilities in post-war modern Japan. Her first priority as she sees it is to take care of her widowed mother, who would be alone if she were to get married. The ... Written by Huggo

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The original title "Akibiyori" means "Clear autumn day". See more »

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1st Movement
from "Piano Sonata No.11 A Major, K.331"
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
At the scene of a dressmaking school
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An Update of "Late Spring", except the girls rule.
21 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This story is basically a retelling of the excellent "late Spring", except now the always engaging Setsuko Hara plays the mother in the film rather than the daughter. The daughter, the beautiful Ayako played by Yoko Tsukasa, is being told its time to marry. Three friends of her late father (essentially uncles) attempt to arrange a suitable partner for her. Ozu has updated his films before and he always manages to keep them fresh. This time, it is both humorous as well as poignant. A great addition to the story is Ayako's best friend Yuriko, a spitfire who isn't afraid to speak her mind. I especially like the relationship of Akiko (Hara) and Ayako as mother and daughter. They seem very comfortable with each other. In the previous "Late Spring", there was more tension. That is what gives "late Spring" the nod as the better film, it is a masterpiece. In this film the acting is uniformly good to great and there are some standout scenes, especially between the always beautiful, gifted actress Setsuko Hara and Yoko Tsukasa. There is also a great scene between Yuriko and the three men who are trying to find a suitor for Ayako. By all means, watch this film, but don't miss "late Spring". This film is available on the 5 disc "Late Ozu" set and both the film and box set are highly recommended.


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